Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV) and athenahealth (NASDAQ:ATHN) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Veeva Systems and athenahealth’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Veeva Systems 18.98% 12.77% 9.34%
athenahealth 2.65% 6.78% 3.83%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Veeva Systems and athenahealth’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Veeva Systems $544.04 million 15.71 $68.80 million $0.79 78.00
athenahealth $1.08 billion 4.64 $21.00 million $0.77 162.90

Veeva Systems has higher revenue, but lower earnings than athenahealth. Veeva Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than athenahealth, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.9% of Veeva Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 19.2% of Veeva Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of athenahealth shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Veeva Systems has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, athenahealth has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Veeva Systems and athenahealth, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Veeva Systems 0 4 7 0 2.64
athenahealth 1 13 10 0 2.38

Veeva Systems currently has a consensus price target of $65.82, indicating a potential upside of 6.81%. athenahealth has a consensus price target of $141.77, indicating a potential upside of 13.03%. Given athenahealth’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe athenahealth is more favorable than Veeva Systems.

Summary

Veeva Systems beats athenahealth on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Veeva Systems

Veeva Systems Inc. (Veeva) is a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the global life sciences industry. The Company offers solutions for a range of requirements within life sciences companies, including multichannel customer relationship management, regulated content and information management, master data management and customer data. The Company offers solutions to areas, including the Veeva CRM family of applications for multichannel customer relationship management to enable coordinated and personalized customer engagement through multiple touch points; Veeva Vault for regulated content management and information management solutions to enable the management of content-centric processes; the Veeva Network master data management solutions for the management of customer master and product master data, and Veeva’s data and data services offerings, including Veeva OpenData for customer reference data and Veeva KOL Data for data.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. provides network-based medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, care coordination and population health services. The Company also offers Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile applications. The Company delivers majority of its service offerings through a single instance of cloud-based software, athenaNet. The Company has a range of network-enabled services to support healthcare providers across the continuum of care. The Company offers various combinations of its services to its clients, including athenaOne and athenaOne for Hospitals and Health Systems, depending on whether they are medical groups and practices or hospitals and larger health systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company connected care across a national network of approximately 88,000 providers and approximately 86 million patients. Its suite of network-enabled services includes athenaCollector, athenaClinicals, athenaCommunicator, athenaCoordinator, Population Health and Epocrates.

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